|US Mechanized infantry in 15mm|
|Modern US infantry in 15mm from Peter Pig|
It has been nearly two months now since Battlefront "released" their US mechanized infantry figures for their new "Team Yankee" range. Many companies can experience delays in getting their products shipped, but the supply chain Battlefront uses is so glacial that I often snap my crayons, give up waiting, and use an alternate product. I used Eureka 15mm Soviets in place of the Battlefront motor rifles, and I have opted to use Peter Pig modern US troops instead of waiting any longer for the Battlefront "releases" to reach Canada via whatever snail-driven hot air balloon they use for shipping.
|More US grunts|
|US Mech Company command stand - blue flowers to denote officer|
The Peter Pig troops - actually listed as "US Marines" in their website - are a little more modern than the ones from "Team Yankee", more 1990s-2000s than 1980s. The body armour is a little different, small differences in the harnesses etc. The only really noticeable difference is the portable anti-tank weapons. In "Team Yankee", this is the M-47 Dragon missile launcher, but these figures are carrying the AT-4 rocket launcher. I'm not 100% sure, but I think the AT-4 is a little later than the M-47...but I have no idea what the differences actually are...also, the Peter Pig line does not have a casting carrying an M72 LAW rocket.
But Peter Pig figures have one marked advantage over Battlefront's - when you order them, they arrive in the mail and you can then paint and use them.
|AT-4 teams stand in place of the Dragon AT teams|
|A view of the camo and webbing|
Despite the differences, the Peter Pig castings stand in very well. Peter Pig makes, in my opinion, some of the best 15mm castings out there. The sculpts are excellent, and the casting quality it top of the line.
|The blue flowers denote platoon command base|
Painting camouflage is the bane of any hobbyist, but the US Camouflage of the 1980s is particularly challenging. I try to give an impression of the pattern more than copy it faithfully, particularly in a smaller scale. The results are not too bad.
|Propaganda photos - US infantry confront Soviet dismounts near a rail line...|
|AT team has a surprise for that T-72...|
To be mechanized, these fellows need a ride. The M113s from Battlefront were nowhere to be found either, but it finally clicked that I could just order a box of Jordanian M113s from Battlefront's "Fate of A Nation" game and get the same models, so that's what I did. Four M113s are enough to mount on platoon of troops - enough to at least get a game in.
|M113s...ugliest APCs in existence|
|Nice models of terrible vehicles|
You will notice that none of these M113s have tread covers on...the crappy quality of the plastic struck again, with the tread covers snapping when I tried to clip them off the sprues, so I just avoided them entirely on these models.
|Battlefront plastic strikes again...|
And now a short diversion on something I noticed in the "Team Yankee" rule book. One thing I do appreciate about Battlefront is their painting guides - they have a lot of them in their books, and I find them to be generally helpful. They often combine art work from Osprey books with Vallejo paint recommendations. I was particularly pleased to see one for the US infantry camouflage in the "Team Yankee" rule book, and once I received the figures from Peter Pig and started painting, I opened up to the guide and noticed something odd...
I thought this was really, really dumb. Like, really? I don't know the stats, but I'm confident a large number of the front line troops in the US Army of the 1980s were African American. So, there was no way to give us a painting guide for that? Just....this was really, really dumb. I hope some copy editor is banging his head against the wall...
So there are a total of 47 infantry and four vehicles, all in 15mm size, in this submission - worth enough points keep me within a possible striking distance of Byron in the "Modern Mayhem" side duel.
|Completed US forces to date for "Team Yankee"|
With this I will have concluded my little "modern tear" over the past couple of weeks. I have enough 15mm stuff on hand now to play a few games and get a sense of the rules - and we even got a game in with these little fellows when Curt visited over the weekend. Stay tuned for more on that in a later post...
This submission took me past my points goal for the Challenge. Just in time too, as the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is nearly done. I REALLY need to get back to some 30k stuff - I hope I will have more to share before things conclude...